Nature's Place

To Dream a Bee

Sorry, no bees today.

Yesterday while walking about the garden I saw this huge black and yellow bee, black bottom and furry yellow jacket, busy feeding at the still flowering Chia with its little blue flowers. The bee was the size of half my thumb, about 3.5cm long, and I later found out it is a Great Carpenter Bee.

It was the biggest bee I have seen and I didn’t have my camera with me, but she was moving too fast anyway. So I just watched as she flew from flower to flower and then away. It’s not yet spring here so this could be a good sign for the forms of life to come.

The weather is wonderful, bright, sunny and cool and plants are finding their place in the garden, before the spring starts up, to be ready for the hotter summer. I don’t decide where a plant goes, it tells me in no words at all.

It’s a form of communication you just have to be open to, after you’ve given up thinking reason is most important – it’s not, but has its place too.

So what I do is unpredictable, because life is unpredictable. Some would call me slow, I don’t mind, but I say ‘what’s the hurry’.

This afternoon I had to lie down for a while, to recuperate from recent exertions, and I had a dream. I saw a black bee swimming in the water – not an unusual sight throughout the year in the garden – and it was happy, a smiling bee.

Someone put a finger in to tickle it and it climbed out onto the hand and flew away. A wonderful little dream, to be a bee.

Mark Berkery ……. Click any picture to enlarge in a new tab – best in FireFox


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  1. Ann Stuart said, on 22/10/2014 at 7:36 am

    well finally I find somebody who is interest macro photography (I am just a beginner) and fascinated by the small things of life and paying attention to them. The photos are amazing and the thoughts interesting. I have been looking at bees too, but in the Uk.

    • Mark said, on 22/10/2014 at 8:42 am

      Thanks Ann … There are others about with macro as component.

  2. Lunar Euphoria said, on 16/09/2012 at 10:51 am

    Sounds like you’re busy as one…

  3. dany said, on 30/08/2012 at 12:19 am

    que c’est beau !!!! vraiment superbe..merci du partage..

  4. oiseaux-de-bonheur OdB said, on 30/08/2012 at 12:11 am

    Reblogged this on Quand photographier, c'est apprivoiser.

    • Mark said, on 30/08/2012 at 5:55 pm

      I remember you. It was a kiss … :)

      • oiseaux-de-bonheur OdB said, on 30/09/2012 at 1:15 pm


  5. Dina said, on 25/08/2012 at 2:18 am

    Absolutely stunning pictures. I look forward to follow you! :-)

  6. jackie376 said, on 23/08/2012 at 10:08 am

    Your photos are stunning!

  7. travisdallen said, on 16/08/2012 at 10:38 pm

    Wow these images are simply breathtaking. It’s amazing how much the smaller things in life have to offer if you take the time to look.

    • Mark said, on 17/08/2012 at 8:18 pm

      Thanks Travis. Taking the time seems to be the hardest …

  8. lylekrahn said, on 16/08/2012 at 4:33 am

    Really enjoyed those photos – the colours and textures all fit together so well.

    • Mark said, on 17/08/2012 at 8:17 pm

      Thanks Lyle, they do – that’s nature …

  9. standingoutinmyfield said, on 15/08/2012 at 10:02 pm

    I recently had a bad concussion, and while I was standing in the emergency room, I blacked out. Instead of just blackness, I had visions of the most beautiful bees, all lit up from behind. I guess we are similar that way!

    • Mark said, on 16/08/2012 at 2:42 pm

      I suspect you have to have a real love of nature to see such things. In that you give it your attention without looking for something back.

      • standingoutinmyfield said, on 16/08/2012 at 10:14 pm

        It always does give something back, doesn’t it? :)

        • Mark said, on 17/08/2012 at 8:17 pm

          No doubt about it. It’s the paradox that the ‘looking for something’ gets in the way of receiving that simple good.

  10. Emily Heath said, on 15/08/2012 at 6:54 am

    What a spectacular bee to see! And I like the beetles.

  11. Tammie said, on 15/08/2012 at 3:14 am

    i read your words and something deep inside opened to a slow gentle rhythm
    i looked at your photos and feel joy for the beauty of life

    • Mark said, on 15/08/2012 at 12:33 pm

      Hello Tammie. Isn’t it amazing the profundity to be found in a little bug, or is it inside? :)

  12. Gracie said, on 15/08/2012 at 1:33 am

    Amazing macro shots! Love how I can see the details on the bugs, the fuzzy hair, the smooth shell and the the pollen stuck on their backs.

    • Mark said, on 15/08/2012 at 12:31 pm

      Thanks Gracie, that’s how nature is close up. :)

  13. nonoymanga said, on 14/08/2012 at 6:10 pm

    Mark the colors is like Christmas in august, I like those hairy thing at back of the carpenter bee, lovely details. Cheers Nonoy Manga

    • Mark said, on 15/08/2012 at 12:29 pm

      Thanks Mark. Was a bit lucky in the timing, but you have to be there to catch what is – as you know. Cheers mate.

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